(KMOV.com) – Police said they are searching for two suspects who they believe looted a gas station in north St. Louis.
Authorities said the incident occurred at a Phillips 66 station on Halls Ferry Circle around 9:30 p.m. Police said three men attempted to walk out of the convenience store without paying for merchandise, but the owner tried to stop them.
According to police, the thieves began to beat the owner up before a worker grabbed a bat and tried to fight them off, eventually locking the thieves outside. However, police said the thieves gained control of the bat and smashed through the doors, beat the owner with it, and then took armfuls of food and drinks.
Some residents believe there was a connection to this incident and the looting that occurred in Ferguson.
“Wow, I didn’t expect it to spread like it did. I’m just shocked. I don’t know, I would have come here,” said customer Tracy Grady.
Police believe there is no connection between what took place in Ferguson and what happened at the Phillips 66 station.
Authorities said they have arrested one of the thieves, but two others remain at large.